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As always, Agents of Shield is at it's most fucked up when its either going into a break or coming out of one. Honestly, this might be a really deadly 3 episode arc since this episode goes into a month long break, then we come back from one then have the 100th episode. Expect a lot of tears forthcoming. 

In this episode, we were right about YoYo being the seer, Coulson is dying and while the Agents make it back to their timeline, it's not without some casualties.  Dek and Enoch go out like heroes while Pebbles...I mean Flint, might just end up putting the world back together piece by piece.

Some things we have to think about going forward:

  • How much is Daisy going to hate Coulson for forcing her to come back?
  • Does Daisy ever get her powers back?
  • What's killing Coulson and how does trying to save him lead to the beginning of the end?
  • What parts of the time loop do we see? Will Mack and Coulson end up dead? Does Simmons die? 

We truly have no idea what's going to happen next and it's so exciting.

The team has one final chance to return to their timeline, but their actions may have deadly consequences.


The theme of Arrow Season 6 has to be "Oliver is right" or "Just listen to Oliver". It's easy to pin down why people might not be too happy with this season because it feels like a rehash of previous seasons. But the truth is, we're getting a season that shows not only the growth of Oliver Queen but also why he's in charge. Yes, the new team is annoying and they are making a bunch of bone headed mistakes but these are mistakes that Oliver used to make and he's trying to show them the right way. Growth is Oliver not putting an arrow in Renee (he deserves it) or rubbing it in to Dinah that she made the wrong call to go after Vincent instead of stopping the bomb. The team is going to learn some harsh lessons real soon.

Oh and sorry Quentin, Earth-2 Laurel is now a full villain. Ain't no saving her now.

Oliver continues to battle Cayden James; when Dinah and Oliver have a major disagreement, one of their own is put in danger.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 2:29pm EST

So since coming back from break we’ve been pretty hard on The Flash but Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash put the show back in the right direction. First, the preview for the episode didn’t really do it justice. This episode was more even toned and less campy than The Elongated Knight Rises. Speaking of that, this was the right amount of Ralph Dibny. He wasn’t the center focus like last episode, he wasn’t overbearing but he worked when used. 

There were three big things that worked for us with this episode:

  • While the episode doesn’t focus on Devoe, it begins and ends with Harry drawing the connections. First he’s upset that they don’t have a plan to get Barry out of jail and then at the end he starts drawing the connections between Dwarfstar and how this all can’t be random and has to relate to Devoe’s overall plan. So while Barry is “off the board”, the main story still has connections and moves forward.
  • The focus and heavy lifting was done by the Team Flash members we’ve always cared about. Cecile’s temporary telepathy gave us some good Joe West moments. Harry’s insecurity about not being smart enough to stop Devoe and feeling responsible for Barry being in jail was good as well.
  • Barry and hope. Barry Allen (or any Flash) and their overwhelming need to believe in hope despite all the terrible things that happen to them might seem like a flaw but it’s a key feature of the character and is straight from source material.

We definitely enjoyed this episode. There are still some issues (inconsistencies with Barry’s powers) and the end of the episode with Warden Wolfe should guarantee that Barry has to reveal his identity to the public (but it won’t), but overall, this puts The Flash back on track for us.

The team battle a meta who can shrink anything he touches; Cecile's pregnancy gives her temporary powers.


First Mailbag of 2018 and it’s extra spicy, just as we promised. We’re tackling head-on the idea that T’Challa and Ororo (Storm) represent black love and excellence and should be together. That’s wrong, very wrong and we break down why. From the shoehorned way it was done and bad writing, to erasing Monica Lynne to the hard truths that no one wants to talk about (Ororo was raised in Harlem not Cairo). We’re taking on the Storm/T’Challa truthers and holding nothing back.

Topics:

  • Emails
    • Everyone is excited for Black Panther
    • Who makes for a better couple in a movie than T’Challa and Ororo?
    • Favorite “Back of the closet” series
    • 5 X-Men movies/storylines for getting the X-Men back to where they should be
    • Jon Malin doesn’t understand the X-Men
  • Topic of the Day: Storm deserves more respect than slapping her into a marriage with T’Challa

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

The first season of Fox’s The Gifted has come to a close and what a season. If you told me that a X-Men TV show without the actual X-Men with the focus on a family with two mutant children would be the best live action X-Men we’ve ever gotten, I would have called you crazy. But here we are. The entire season was great but the last 3 episodes put the icing on the cake. We find out the Cuckcoos represent the Hellfire Club and plan to fight back by recruiting some of the Mutant Underground. It sets up next season to have a showdown between the two ideologies that are core to the X-Men/Mutant story without having Professor X or Magneto on screen.

Topics:

  • Andy’s slow turn to the dark side. Darth Andy is here
  • Jace Turner officially goes full villain (and we can’t blame him)
  • Polaris’ bipolar disorder and the way the show hands it
  • The sneaky underhanded nature of the Cuckoos
  • The Reed parents are finally earning their keep
  • One ship is on the rocks but the other heats up
  • Purifiers, a Humanity First hate convention and all the reasons the humans are terrible

Make sure you subscribe to Super Tuesday Recap to get all of our reviews for this first season and stay tuned, we will be back to review season 2 and we can’t wait.

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We're quickly approaching the end of the first arc of this season of Agents of Shield so you know that means heart break is on the way. Agents of Shield does a great job of ensemble storytelling. We get two separate focuses, one on the team on the surface and the second with Mack & YoYo leading the resistance. On the surface we see Daisy struggling with the belief that she could be the one that causes the destruction of the earth. Should she get her powers back? Can she just be Daisy Johnson and not Quake? Oh and Fitz finally freaks out over the realization that they're in a time loop and therefore things can't change.

With Mack and YoYo, we get zombie Tess and Kasius revealing that he knows who YoYo is. So now the real question: Does he have a past version of Mack or YoYo locked up in that room telling him what's going to happen?

This show is great and we all need to be prepared for the heart break that is eventually coming. We all know it is.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 2:29pm EST

We finally get more information on why Cayden James has beef with Oliver and it makes us ask, who is setting Oliver up? As much as folks say Arrow is rehashing old stories, they still have managed to add in small changes. Oliver is letting the new team try to spread their wings even though he knows they're wrong. Showing a bit of growth. Also Felicity gives William a pretty good speech on why Oliver has to put the suit on. 

We also talk about why Arrow has been better than The Flash the last two seasons. I know folks have been calling for Arrow to end but we explain why The Flash has the same issues as Arrow but worse.

William gets caught in the cross hairs as Oliver attempts to stop Cayden James with just the original Team Arrow.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 1:16pm EST

We’re back for more Star Trek Discovery Season 1 discussion. This time we’re covering episodes 10 - 12 (Despite Yourself, The Wolf Inside, Vaulting Ambition). First thing first Kriss is out of control. He’s entirely too happy to troll The Doctor over the Ash/Voq reveal. There’s something seriously wrong with him. But there’s a lot to talk about for these three episodes. Star Trek Discovery has been such a joy to watch and these last three episodes will definitely make you want to go back and rewatch the previous episodes. Here are some of the things we discussed:
  • Captain Tilly and Captain Burnham
  • Did Burnham taste Captain Georgiou on Ash’s lips?
  • Sonequa Martin-Green thighs
  • No not Hugh...
  • What does Saru (Kelpien) taste like? Is it good with hot sauce or fried?
  • Lorca’s creepiness has peaked
  • Star Trek Discovery manages to balance old school Star Trek & action
  • Will the show stay in the mirror universe moving forward?
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:14am EST

Shanna and The Doctor discuss the Supergirl Roadtrip to space as they seek more information on Reign from an old dark Priestess.  Through some convoluted challenges, only women can go, so Kara must recruit LiveWire and Psi.  Along with Imra, they infiltrate Fort Rozz but are quickly intercepted by Reign.  We also debate the appropriateness of sharing your romance grief with a 12 year old.

Later, P-Funk and DB who host the Premium Star Wars Rebels cast join us to discuss the Blackity Black show Black Lightning, in an episode that saw a lot of bodies fall.  This show is so gritty and realistic with its stories, and has already started sparking debate, from the meta narrative on the futility of respectability to the debate around the use of the word "fast" to discuss young Black girls.  We also discuss the fact that this ain't your momma's CW DC television show, as the pacing is rapid and the stakes are high.  And yeah, about White thieves-thank you Black Lightning for giving us one this week.

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Either you're in or you're out on Ralph Dibny. That's pretty much the takeaway from The Elongated Knight Rises. If you don't like Ralph, then this campy filler episode is a drag. If you do like him, then this was a nice distraction from the DeVoe storyline which has been pretty dark. We debate whether folks are being too harsh on Ralph because it's not what they expected or if it's just that bad.

One thing we do agree on though is that the scenes with Barry in jail just don't make any sense. Last week Barry was so fast he had a full conversation with Iris in the courtroom that no one saw. This week he's worried about being spotted by cameras in the prison? None of it makes sense and we feel that they could easily solve these issues with simple throwaway lines.

Finally we talk about how the "mystery girl" (It's Dawn Allen folks) fits into the storyline and what it could mean for this season or the next.

Oh and if you're gonna take on Bill Goldberg in prison, use the shank.